Ex-E&Y Employee Can Bring OT Action, Judge Says

Law360, New York (March 3, 2011, 5:49 PM EST) -- A class action accusing Ernst & Young LLP of denying its accountants overtime can go forward even though the accountants signed away their right to bring class claims, a federal judge in New York ruled Thursday.

E&Y cannot legally enforce a clause in the accountants' employment contract that requires them to arbitrate, rather than litigate, claims against the firm, said Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

If it could enforce that clause, the firm would enjoy...
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